How To Survive A Humid Summer Without Looking Like A Hot Mess

I’m in for a hot, humid summer, but I don’t want to look like a sweaty mess. (Obviously.) What makeup do you recommend for this kind of seriously disgusting weather?

Less is definitely more in the summer! In the sun and heat, too much makeup will look unnatural. It may clog or slide if you sweat, so go as bare as you dare. Waterproof formulations are a must. I would recommend having your brows and lashes tinted so you can achieve the same results as you would with mascara or a brow pencil, but without products. Protection is the most important thing, so reapply sunscreen and SPF lip balm regularly.

Avoid creasing of makeup by applying a tinted moisturizer and just a touch of concealer under the eyes and around the nose to counteract redness. If you want to enhance your natural glow, try a gel bronzer which is easy to apply and won’t come off until you cleanse. If you have your eyelashes tinted, then you can just curl and apply clear mascara for definition. A lip stain is a good way to provide a healthy flush for both lips and cheeks — it is water-resistant and will last longer than a cream blush. You can then simply take your look from beach to bar by topping it off with a touch of lip gloss.

Gold-toned eyeshadows complement a tan and open up the eye area. Swap your black mascara for brown to keep the look natural, and trade your wintry frosted finishes for a soft-touch gloss or sheer lipstick.

Lastly, you’ll be less tempted to broil yourself in the summer sun if you’re looking tanned to begin with: fake tan is the answer. If you don’t have time to prep before heading outdoors, mix a little body shimmer into your sunscreen to prevent skin from looking dull. Prep the face with a complexion enhancer, followed by a light dusting of translucent powder to set the skin and remove unwanted shine. Sweep a little bronzer over the cheekbones and temples. For day, opt for a light-reflecting cream bronzer. Body moisturizers with added gold will give a light glow to arms and legs.

A few of my quick fixes for summer makeup?

  • Properly applied foundation should last most of the day. Mop up shine with blotting tissues, and if necessary, dab a touch more liquid foundation onto key areas. If you have also used powder, you won’t be able to do this, so keep the look as light as possible.
  • Carry a Q-tip with you to clean up any smudging under eyes. Well-applied shadow won’t crease, but it may wear off.
  • Keep a bronzing compact in your bag, so that you can touch up your eyes or sculpt your cheekbones to create a glamorous look while you’re out and about.
  • Use radiance cream under foundation. This is more subtle than when you dab it on top as a highlighter, but still provides that glow.
  • Use a little white eyeshadow to highlight the inner corner of the eye to make your eyes sparkle and pop.
  • A touch of loose shimmer powder in the middle of the lid draws attention to your eyes.

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